The Cappadocians

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After the Emperor Constantine made the Church's faith legal in 313, there was a tremendous flowering of Christian culture and a creative and turbulent encounter between the Christian community and the classical heritage of late antiquity. In the final third of the fourth century the three great Cappadocian Fathers were at the centre of this exciting encounter. Their leader was St Basil, an ecclesiastical statesman, social reformer and monastic founder as well as a theologian. His friend St Gregory of Nazianzus ...
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Overview

After the Emperor Constantine made the Church's faith legal in 313, there was a tremendous flowering of Christian culture and a creative and turbulent encounter between the Christian community and the classical heritage of late antiquity. In the final third of the fourth century the three great Cappadocian Fathers were at the centre of this exciting encounter. Their leader was St Basil, an ecclesiastical statesman, social reformer and monastic founder as well as a theologian. His friend St Gregory of Nazianzus was a brilliant preacher and sensitive poet who gave classic expression to the theology and spirituality of the Holy Trinity in luminous prose and verse. Basil's brother St Gregory of Nyssa was renowned for the depth of his speculative theology and mystical spirituality. Though they collaborated and shared many common perspectives, each had a unique gift and personality. This book is the first general treatment in English to bring together the three Cappadocians. It introduces the reader to their fascinating lives and writings and shows their connections with the Greco-Roman culture of their age.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780881411126
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 129
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial foreword
Preface
Bibliography
Abbreviations
1 The background 1
1.1 Geography and early history of Cappadocia 2
1.2 Christianity in Cappadocia 3
1.3 The conversion of Constantine 6
2 The roots of Cappadocian theology 10
2.1 Plato 10
2.2 Origen 13
3 Basil of Caesarea 19
3.1 Life 20
3.2 Monasticism 24
3.3 Doctrine and the life of the Spirit 29
4 Gregory of Nazianzus 39
4.1 Family and life 39
4.2 Man of letters, theologian 42
4.3 Spirituality 47
5 Gregory of Nyssa 52
5.1 Life and works 52
5.2 Spiritual teaching - the influence of Origen 54
5.3 Reaction to Eunomius 62
5.4 The Life of Moses 67
5.5 The Homilies on the Song of Songs 78
5.6 Dogmatic theology 90
6 The Cappadocian achievement 102
6.1 The Cappadocians and the Trinity 102
6.2 The Cappadocians and the person of Christ 110
6.3 The Cappadocians and Hellenism 114
Epilogue 124
Index 128
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